“We believe that we can accelerate the revitalization of the Lambuth neighborhood and enhance its diversity by working with the city to improve area schools.”


Improving the neighborhood. Improving schools. Improving lives.

As developers, we are conscious of the fabric and character of a neighborhood. We look for what’s missing, what resources are needed. And we ask ourselves, what can we do to make it better? In Jackson, given the presence of UofM/Lambuth, we saw an opportunity. We set out to do what hasn’t been done before—incorporating improvements to area schools into a downtown development. We are working with the city on these two projects through a unique public-private partnership that includes the University of Memphis/Lambuth, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Jackson/Madison County School System.

  • MAM. The Madison Academic Magnet High School (MAM) will move into a new 3-story building under construction at the entrance to the UofM Lambuth Campus. Modelled after the campus school concept at UofM Memphis, MAM will offer Honors, AP and dual-enrollment classes for credit at the university. And fully 40% of places—150 of the 600 students—will be reserved for neighborhood residents. The project is a natural extension of Heathy Community. And we believe the redevelopment will attract area residents, engage the university more fully in the Lambuth community and expand opportunities as the program becomes a feeder for the UofM.
  • JCM. We’ve also undertaken a major renovation of the historic Jackson Central Merry High School (JCM) in East Jackson, the city’s first desegregated school. The project includes a new Fieldhouse. Simultaneously, the curriculum is being enhanced to include a high school diploma and nationally-recognized skills credentials and/or an Associate in Arts (AA) degree, part of a targeted curricula to help students prepare for a career that lifts them out of poverty.